What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 39


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 29, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Carolyn Arnold - "Sells Vacuum Cleaners Door-to-Door" (salaried; she demonstrates and sells vacuums for Kirby Vacuum Cleaners; she is the only woman in the Detroit office; Mr. Daly said that "this little girl" lugs 60 lbs. of gear; from Detroit, MI)

Game 2: Emmett Ashford (11/23/1914 - 3/1/1980) - "Major League Baseball Umpire" (salaried; African-American; Mr. Daly said that this personable man is sometimes known as the "Maury Wills of Umpires" for his entertaining he just made his Yankee Stadium debut; he was the first black umpire in major league baseball; Mr. Daly asked him to yell out "STRRRRRIIIIKE," and while Emmett did stand up and pantomime his field gestures, he was too shy to yell his famous word, so, Mr. Daly had to yell out his own impersonation of Ashford yelling "Strike"; from Los Angeles, CA)

Game 3: Soupy Sales (1/8/1926 - 10/22/2009) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Emmett Ashford

    Emmett Ashford


    Guest Star

    Soupy Sales

    Soupy Sales

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Allen Ludden

    Allen Ludden

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

    • NOTES (9)

      • REVIEW: The panel's streak of good performances continued this evening as they went an impressive 3 for 4. In fact, if it wasn't for the time running out in the final game, they definitely could have scored a perfecto. In the first game, Bennett was given credit for guessing that the young lady was a vacuum cleaner salesperson. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the gentleman from Los Angeles was a baseball umpire. In fact, Mr. Ashford made his Major League debut that afternoon as he umpired a game at, of all places, Yankee Stadium. In the mystery guest round, Bennett blew the door wide open for Arlene, who correctly identified her future panel mate on the future WML syndicated version, Soupy Sales. Soupy was on the show to promote his upcoming appearance with the Ice Capades ice show that coming Friday, as well as his motion picture debut in July 1966 in the comedy/science fiction spoof "Birds Do It." In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the lady from England who drove a horse drawn carriage in Central Park won the full prize by default. However, this still was a great evening for the panel. - Sargebri (2008)

        KIRBY VACUUM!!! As was mentioned, the first contestant sold vacuum cleaners for the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Company, which is still in operation today. However, one of its most famous, or infamous, salespersons was bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, who until recently was the star of the hit reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter." In fact, on one episode, Chapman used a phony contest where the first prize was a Kirby vacuum, as a way to apprehend a fugitive he was pursuing. - Sargebri (2008)

        NEXT CANDIDATE!!! Tonight's entrant in the search for Dorothy's replacement was actress and former mystery guest Lee Remick. Lee did a superb job asking several good questions and even though she didn't have a correct guess, she did open several doors for the panel, which led to them making correct guesses. Unfortunately, Lee's theater and film commitments probably had something to do with her only appearing this one time on the panel. She definitely would have made quite a replacement for Dolly Mae. - Sargebri (2008)

        VINTAGE IGAS: Following this episode, GSN showed an episode of "I've Got a Secret" from January 1963. During the introductions, host Garry Moore said that panelist Bess Myerson had just returned from California where she covered the Rose Bowl. Actually, he probably meant that she covered the Tournament of Roses Parade, which preceded the Rose Bowl game. Ironically, the morning that GSN aired this episode was January 2, 2008, which was less than 24 hours after the 2008 parade and game had taken place. - Sargebri (2008)

      • CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As with the previous episode, when GSN aired this episode in its regular rotation on January 2, 2008, they once again aired the uncompressed closing credits sequence. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at six down. Bennett had correctly guessed that she was associated with vacuum cleaners and it had been ascertained, early in the game, that she demonstrated them, which Bennett repeated. However, her exact line was door-to-door sales. John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at five down, however, Arlene had guessed that he was a baseball umpire. Finally, John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. Bennett had figured out that she was involved with transportation and it's fair to say that there was a good chance the panel might have figured it out if there had been more time. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on July 19, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a baseball-related figure, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Previously, it had aired in regular rotation on GSN on August 1, 2004. Notably, this was the only episode featured in the baseball tribute from a date after the point where GSN had left off in its regular rotation before the tribute began, which was EPISODE #740 of November 29, 1964 from Season 16. It was also notable that tonight's episode featured Soupy Sales as its mystery guest, since GSN aired several episodes of the syndicated "WML?" with Soupy Sales as a regular panelist during its baseball tribute. On a final note, Emmett Ashford was not a mystery guest or even "Mr. X." Neither his name nor face were recognized by the panel as he was an umpire rather than player and had only recent started umpiring for the New York Yankees.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: While Sherwin-Williams' "Kem-Glo" enamel paint is a first-time opening sponsor, the company itself was a previous opening sponsor for EPISODE #764 of May 16, 1965.
        (3) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's live "WML?" broadcast has retained the complete intro intact on the kinescope recording, with the word "live" uncut - the 20th surviving kinescope from the post-Kilgallen era to have this distinction.
        (4) ARLENE'S INTRO: Tonight, Johnny Olson varies his usual introduction of Arlene by describing her as "The delightful star of stage, screen and television," rather than his usual introduction of "The delightful star of stage and television."
        (5) Tonight's show marked Allen Ludden's first appearance on the panel since Dorothy Kilgallen's passing. He had last been on the "WML?" panel on EPISODE #783 of September 26, 1965.
        (6) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett didn't spring any puns in the introductions - but after taking his seat at his desk, the panel moderator sure did. John started out by telling a tale of being taken out of an airplane on a straitjacket in Billings, Montana, after the airplane stewardess mistook him for Bennett - whereupon Mr. Cerf exclaimed, "I'm gonna sue!" and John responded, "Not Sioux - Blackfeet." Mr. Daly's punch line was a reference (in plural form) to the Blackfoot Indian (Native American) tribe. A variation of this "Sioux/sue" pun had also been sprung in the opening moments of EPISODE #772 of July 11, 1965.
        (7) SOUPY SALES: At the time of his mystery guest appearance tonight, Soupy Sales was in the final months of the New York-based 1964-1966 incarnation of his long-running children's show. This version was produced at and aired on WNEW-TV (now WNYW), Channel 5, and syndicated by the station's then-owner, Metromedia, to other television stations in the country.
        (8) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For the first time since EPISODE #797 of January 2, 1966, James Murphy is credited as production supervisor; and as has been the case since EPISODE #807 of March 13, 1966, the position of program staff is not listed.
        (9) GSN AIRING TALLY: Besides the Hall of Fame-related 2006 airing and 2004 "regular rotation" showing above, GSN's most recent "regular rotation" airing was January 2, 2008.
        (10) GSN's January 2, 2008 airing of this episode was followed by a rerun of the January 8, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with Peter Lawford (filling in for Bill Cullen), Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson on the panel, and Tom Ewell as the celebrity guest. - W-B (2006 & 2008)

      • Soupy Sales promoted his 1966 film, "Birds Do It." We hear a rare on-air reference to drugs during this segment. Soupy said, regarding this movie, "I fly in it, but I don't use a plane." Arlene then asks, "Would you like to tell us what you use?" John Daly then smiles and quickly says, "LSD!" It was a sign of the times. - Suzanne (2004)

      • The first contestant, Carolyn Arnold, had a hairstyle which had a "flip" on one side of her head. Her bangs kept falling into her right eye during her game. After her line was revealed, Bennett asked, "How do you keep that hair out of your eye?" Allen Ludden jokingly replied, "With a vacuum cleaner!" Everybody laughed! - Breadbox (2004)

      • Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Kem-Glo Enamel by Sherwin Williams Paint.

      • This was a great night for the panel! Arlene was the hot one tonight! She not only guessed umpire Emmett Ashford, who was the first black umpire in major league baseball, but she also correctly guessed Soupy Sales. The ironic thing about Arlene being the one to guess Soupy was the fact that a few years later, she and Soupy would be the two regular panelists on the syndicated version of WML. Bennett would be a semi-regular on the syndicated version up until his death in 1971. Soupy was on this episode to promote his upcoming feature film, "Birds Do It." This movie also starred Arthur O'Connell, Tab Hunter and Beverly Adams, who would later be known by her married name Beverly Sassoon, as her husband was the famed hair stylist, Vidal Sassoon. Allen Ludden complimented Soupy on his recent appearance on "Password," which Allen hosted for many years. Allen said that Soupy's appearance on the show drew huge ratings and attracted several new viewers to the show. Lee Remick turned in an impressive performance this particular evening. She not only asked some very intelligent questions, but she also opened up the door that enabled Bennett to guess that the first contestant was a vacuum salesperson. She also opened up a couple of doors during Mr. Ashford's game. She seemed to channel the spirit of Dolly Mae when she referred to Bennett as "The Squire of Mount Kisco," which was Dorothy's pet name for him. It was too bad Lee was in the middle of her highly successful Broadway run in "Wait Until Dark." With her performance on the panel and with her charming personality, she could have easily been a wonderful frequent addition to the panel. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Lee Remick (12/14/1935 - 7/2/1991)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Allen Ludden, Lee Remick, Bennett Cerf.

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